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Thoughts on 2004 Dura Ace wheels?(5 posts)

Thoughts on 2004 Dura Ace wheels?harcourt
Oct 28, 2003 6:46 PM
I'm thinking about these wheels on a 2004 Trek 5900. Been using Ksyriums, but I have always liked Shimano hubs.Has anybody read any reviews or have any personal experience or just advice? Thanks.
re: Thoughts on 2004 Dura Ace wheels?GeoCyclist
Oct 30, 2003 3:14 PM
I've been riding Shimano WH 7701 this year. These wheels have DA hubs, with 16 spoke Aero design. These wheels roll really good; however, they are fragile. I was posting my problems with these wheels last week. I've had a set of Mavic OP with DA hubs built up for training; as the 7701 wheels just won't stand up to every day riding. The 2004 DA wheels have a different spoke pattern than the 7701, but still only have 16 spokes! I'd proceed with caution in purchasing the 2004 DA wheels; race only with a stronger set of training wheels.

Best of luck!
re: Thoughts on 2004 Dura Ace wheels?Ian
Oct 30, 2003 7:24 PM
I don't think the 04 model is going to be out for awhile. Shimano had a pair at the show, but there were not any on any of the bikes there. That menas they probably are not in production yet. Those may be a true 04 model and not come out till Jan.

There are 16 spokes on the front wheel, but the rear has 20.

I stand correctedIan
Nov 5, 2003 7:34 PM
I actually saw a pair of these hanging in a shop today. I was quite surprised. Whether Shimano has stock, or there is a limited amount, I do not know. But they are out there.

2004 Dura Ace wheelsgamara
Oct 31, 2003 6:09 PM
I was at the world's in Hamilton and shimano had a booth there. On display was the entire 2004 line and I must say it looked really, really nice. They had 4 bikes on trainers set up for testing.

I had a long discussion with the tech guys there and although the wheels were v. impressive, the price that I was quoted was steep. I was dismayed that the new wheels would not be using cartridge bearings in the hubs but instead will still be just cup and cones. He gave me the standard answer that if its good enough for the pros who pound the crap out of them.....well you know the rest. I must admit that they were v. smooth and if they can maintain the level of build quality then the wheels shouldn't be too bad.

What impressed me the most though was the new crankset. I hated it when I saw the first pictures released. But guess what? After seeing it in person, it really grows on you and the old addage is true that form does indeed follow function. Hats off again to shimano for taking someone else's idea and making it better.